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Newcastle Didn’t Deserve Anything Last Night At Anfield

Newcastle didn’t really deserve anything out of the game last night at Anfield, and it was not one of  Newcastle’s better performances.

Andy Carroll in action last night for Liverpool

The game was fairly even in the first half and Newcastle even went ahead with an own goal from Daniel Agger after 25 minutes.

Yohan Cabaye had headed on a good cross from Ryan Taylor, and the ball was going in, before it was diverted by Agger’s arm into the net, and maybe the goal will eventually be awarded to Cabaye by that dubious goals committee.

But would you believe it,  they equalized after 3 minutes later through Craig Bellamy, who hit home a poor clearance by Cheick Tiote from a right wing cross into the Newcastle box.

We thought we could have even gone on and won the game 1-0, or at least got the 1-1 draw,  because in their last six  home games Liverpool had not been able to score more than one goal.

It was fairly even in the first half,  and even in the second half with three quarters of the game gone,  Newcastle were nicely placed at 1-1, and we thought we even had a chance to even win it at that point.

And it was also annoying all game when the TV commentators obviously wanted Andy Carroll to score against his old club, and Andy did hit the cross-bar with a good header in the second half, and he’s still a good player but Liverpool hardly play to his strnegths.

Let’s put it this way – if he returned to Newcastle he’d be as good as he ever was,  because Newcastle play with two good wingers and get those crosses in and would use Andy’s strengths.

Steven Gerrard had come on after 60 minutes, and in retrospect if the England International hadn’t played at all last night, Newcastle would have probably got something out of the game.

But Steven seemed to energize the Liverpool team, and he started putting some great crosses over to Andy Carroll.

It was from a free kick after 65 minutes that Liverpool went ahead after 67 minutes, and after the game Alan Pardew was complaining it was never a free kick.

But we always think that’s a poor excuse – and he sounded too much like Steve Kean after a game – and it would have been better if Newcatsle had defended the free kick a lot better than they did.

But Craig hit the ball past the wall and basically Danny Simpson and Tim Krul got in each other’s way, and the ball somehow ended up in the back of the net.

And then to make it even worse,  Steven Gerrard decided to get himself a goal, and on 78 minutes he had the ball clear down the left wing , and put the ball in from a narrow angle, but Tim Krul will be asking himself how he let that one in.

It was the 9th time in the last 11 league meetings that Liverpool have beaten Newcastle at Anfield, and the fourth time in a row that Liverpool had scored three goals at home against the Magpies.

Let’s put it this way, we were not at our best last night, and didn’t deserve anything from the game.

But there were some good patches, especially in the first 20 minutes of the second half when the lads played some good football,  as they tried to get control of the game.

It was a disappointing result and a rather disappointing display from the lads – and that’s the truth.

But it’s only one game, and once Mike Williamson is back fully match fit again,  we have to hope the defense becomes a lot more solid than it looked last night.

But that’s the fifth time in the last eight games that Newcatle have conceded three goals, in a streak that has seen us get us one win and only 5 points from the 24 points that were available.

We’ll have to do better than that early next year, but the next game will also be tough against Mancsheter United next Wedbneday  evening at St. James’ Park.

We’re not expecting too much out of the game,  but we’d like to see a better and more solid performance from Newcastle than the lads gave last night at Anfield.

It’s time for Newcastle to regroup,  because we still have a decent side and some good players, but too many of them were off form last night.

But as we said it’s only one game and we have to hope we’ll be a lot better over the next few games.

Comments welcome.

54 comments so far

  • leazes upper ( moved to the gallowgate )

    Dec 31, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #41

    i know he wasnt the only 1 to play crap but its time to bench obertan. dosnt take players on gives the ball away and spent most of last nite playing anywhere but where should have been the rw. And i dont know what simpson was thinking for the second goal but i put the blame on him

  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 31, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #42

    We played with fear and without confidence. Colo was perhaps the only player that had a better game but on another day he could have easily been sent off with that swing of his elbow on Bellamy. We should have never sold that guy. Vuckic didn’t do too much wrong just lacked the service like Ba all game.

    Our wingers are too defensive to offer any support to our attackers. They lack creativity and always try the obvious.

    We kept playing backwords and only passed the ball to Ben Arfa twice I think. I was really pissed off by that constant back passing and then hoof one over the top and pray Ba can perform a miracle.


    I really hope we sign a defender but personally I hope we sign another playmaker, good at PASSING, crossing and dribbling. We have no player of the sort maybe Ben Arfa and Cabaye come close but we need more class.

    Ed our wingers suck. Compare them to Liverfool’s wingers. Downing was taking the mick everytime he had the ball and did what he pleased on the ball with his skill. Obertan and Gutierrez just look like average joes trying to make something happen when in reality it’s beyond their capability. Their ball control, inventiveness and passing is woeful nearly every game. We need and deserve better.

    Super Stevie G changed the game in their favour and we always looked second best even before he came on. Gerrard and Carroll are going to play brilliant together I am afraid.

    Raylor- has to be dropped in favour of Santon or moved to RB.

    Obertan- Needs to play more direct and beat his man.

    Tiote- Has to be quicker on the ball and more effective when in possesion.

    Ben Arfa- Should be starting matches either behind the striker or on the wing.

    Krul- Has to stop wasting time for every GK especially if we are still in the first 45min!

    THE TEAM: Need to learn to pass and move playing one-twos and play to Cabaye and Ben Arfa’s strengths with good ground passes. The team is too narrow minded and we have to learn how to spread the ball and open up defenses.

    Bottom line is we lack classy wingers that can dribble and pass acurately, and a fullback.

    I really hope that is addressed in this transfer window. We really miss the likes of a Solano in the team.

    Happy New Year to y’all and have a good one!


  • jimmymagpie

    Dec 31, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #43

    Normal service is resumed – the team playing cr-p, 1 win in 8, too many 2nd/3rd rate players, the manager talking bolloc-s about transfers and individual players, and the fatman sitting on his wallet taking the p-ss out of the supporters. Happy New Year one and all.

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 31, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #44

    Cyprus ….
    Are you serious lad?
    You gave Obertan a 5.
    A point less than you gave Collo and Willo.
    What are you smoking.
    Deserved a 1 at the most.

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 31, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #45

    Tiote stopped almost all our attacks by his lill turns.
    He checks back and a couple of short passes with Cabaye and we make 5yards off it and the opposition get behind the ball.all of a sudden we have no outlet and have to hoof it.
    Good try by AP putting Vukcic on but he said himself that he was nervous and it showed.
    Vuckic is actually a quick player but his touch was poor and we were playing with 9men as he and Ober didn’t get on the ball and didn’t help out very much either.
    Both can learn of course as they’re young but Ober has had some good game time now you’d expect improvement by now.

  • barkerslovesnufc

    Dec 31, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #46

    All I can say is, we was poor!!!!!!

  • barkerslovesnufc

    Dec 31, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #47

    Ow yer, obertan! Get lost!

  • fifetoon65

    Dec 31, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #48

    c’mon lads give vuckic a chance,thought his touch and confidence grew as match went on,he’ll learn alot from last night,i’am a definite fan of his.Saw him against carlisle,i know it’s not same as liverpool,but he’s got class,and will come good,

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 31, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #49

    I think we were found out a little last night, and Jiummy is right about the fat man sitting on his wallet. Too many Ashley fans here to mention it, but we need to spend, or the season will decline afgter such great efforts earlier. Can any of the Obertan fans actually tell me what he gives the team????

  • wynsleap

    Dec 31, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #50

    You’ve just about summed it up there.
    This club, with this owner is going nowhere – and we’re getting there faster by the day.
    Let’s hope that 2012 sees the end of the current lying, tight, disrespectful, disgraceful and detestable regime. We all deserve so much better.

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 31, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #51

    Lynxie, what are you on about ? “We passed Liverpool to death ” ….or are u paraphrasing someone else? We were awful, but dont blame Simpson, blame Pardew and guys like Tiote, Obertan and others. Obertan is a coward? I’m beginning to think so too.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Dec 31, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #52

    I think we need a RB, CB & a forward in January. Simpson isn’t up to standard I’d play Raylor at RB with Santon LB. Williamson is an adequate reserve but we need a top Cb to replace Saylor & we need a goalscorer to cover for Ba while he’s away in January. We are certainly missing Saylor who was having the best season he’s had. If he hadn’t got injured I am sure he would have forced his way in to the England squad.


    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #53

    The One thing that really disappointed me about this game was that no-one challenged Bellamy who was allowed to have a free shot on goal for the equaliser!

    Window is open tomorrow! On this showing we need to strenghthen in at least two or three different positions!
    Hope no-one important gets sold or we will be right in it again!


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